Antarctic Circle Cruise

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    Not too long ago 🙂 It has been less then a year since I let go of the last COBOL application I was supporting. And that was with much regret. Web work is fun, but it is hard to let go of your first love.

    Anyway, we received a rather extensive packing list for our trip and I am finding hard to believe we really need all the stuff on the list.

    My husband and I went treking in Thailand about 8 years ago and before we left we got some shots (totally unnecessary) and the “travel doctor” gave us a list of things we should be sure to take with us. We bought all the crap, packed it up in a suitcase, lugged it with us to Northern Thailand, and never saw it again until we unpacked after our trip. What a waste!

    Looking at the temperature at the Palmer Station right now it says it is 28. I am trying to understand why 28 requires 10 layers of clothing!!


    Shots… I make sure I’m up-to-date on all the regular stuff (DP/TET, measels, etc), and I personally think everyone should get the HEP-A and HEP-B sequence. But it’s not an absolute necessity, just a really good idea. The ships will have seasickness meds, usually Bonine or Meclazine, but I suggest bringing your own if you know what works for you.

    Packing… Ah geeze. They’re probably telling you to pack so much because they assume you’re 80 years old, easily chilled, and afraid to be away from home.

    The cold is not that important. What will chill you is the wind, especially when you’re standing outside on the deck of the ship. Pack clothing layers for wind and rain and sloppy, wet snow. Something like: a couple fleece pull-overs, a good Gortex shell or similar, and the normal set of long underwear, warm socks and a couple wool hats, comfy gloves, sturdy shoes, and wind/rain pants. And, optimistically, good sunglasses. The ships usually provide rubber boots for shore landings.

    Since you live in Washington you probably already have most of that stuff. You shouldn’t have to buy-out REI… ❗


    Dont forget the neck gaiter. That is the one piece of clothing I bring everywhere now. It looks like a fleece hat without the top. You pull it over your head and wear it around your neck like a scarf that never falls off. If you get cold you can pull it over your hat for an extra layer.

    My advice is to wear more thin layers, than to pack too much big. Block the wind and stay dry.

    At 28 degrees I would wear a pair of thin fleece or sweats underneath a pair of tight weave pants. My preference these days are military fatigues. Very tight woven to block the wind. The same for the top. A sweatshirt or polypro under a second shirt. In warm weather I just put on a T for the second layer. Not good if it’s going to get wet. Cotton fabric absorbs water and holds it. Dry weather with no exertion or sweating it works great. Over the shirt goes a heavy fleece. Wind blows through it so you need a wind?warm layer on top. Anything will do depending on the temp. At 28 degrees, a light jacket might suffice. If you are standing around doing nothing, you’ll eventually get cold, though.. A heavy parka will do you better.
    In general think ski clothing. Layer, layer, layer. Mostly thin, as you get hot and sweaty, the layers start coming off.


    Thanks guys

    This is good information. We are current on shots and already have ski wear, so we should be good to go in those areas. We also have neck gaiters we wear when riding our motorcycles.

    I think we should be able to get by with less then the recommended packing list.

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